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4 great hikes to take in the fall foliage in Telluride

August 23, 2016
As the mountain evenings are getting colder we are reminded that summer is coming to an end and one of the most colorful seasons is about to start. Fall in the San Juan Mountains is beautiful with the many aspen groves turning from vibrant green to shimmering gold. Usually the fall foliage in our region starts around mid September and lasts for about three weeks. There are many ways to take in the beauty of the mountains as they are preparing for the long winter but the best way to truly enjoy the season is to go on a hike. Here is a short list of suggestions for memorable fall hikes:
San Miguel River Trail
This is an easy trail perfect for families with young children or anybody looking for a peaceful stroll. The river trail is favorite among locals, it strechs for about 4.25 miles one way from the Idarado Mining Legacy Trail at the east end to the Valley Floor trail at the west end. Besides the beautiful viewa of Telluride in fall colors you will find interpretive signs with stories of the town's rich mining history.  
Ridge Trail
Rated as moderate hike Ridge Trail is a popular destination. The trail starts near the bottom of the gondola in Mountain Village, and snakes through a beautiful aspen forest to the top of the gondola. It is about 1.8 miles long and following the peaceful switchbacks through the aspens you will find benches to rest on and take in the fall scenery.
Bear Creek Canyon
This is another very popular easy to moderate grade hiking trail. From the trailhead to the waterfall Bear Creek trail is 2.5 miles long and very well-marked. It goes trough a beautiful wooded area colored in the richest shades of gold during the fall season and ends in a magnificent set of waterfalls and an unbeatable view of the town of Telluride.
Jud Wiebe Trail
This is a great 3 mile loop hike that offers beautiful fall views as it travels through groves of aspen trees, wide open meadows, and open areas with panoramic views of Telluride all the way from Bridal Veil Falls to the Valley Floor.the Jud Wiebe Trail is rated as moderate to strenuous hike and it takes approximately 2 hours to complete

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